Napster Client to report music collection

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Sailfish, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Sailfish macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2003
    System Requirements PC only, Windows XP/2000, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher, Windows Media Player 7.1 or higher, Internet connectivity

    And check this out from the Privacy Policy:


    Napster Client. After you register for the Napster service, you will be prompted to download our Napster Client software application. In order to make sure the Napster Client is functioning at its best, from time to time we may send the Napster Client automatic fixes, support files, etc. Napster employs software that is used to protect the copyrights associated with the tracks you listen to or obtain. In order to make sure that artists and copyright owners receive applicable royalties, this software identifies and counts the songs you have obtained and/or accessed. At the aggregate level (i.e., not tied to the personally identifying information of any user), we use this data to report and pay royalties, for internal analysis and we share this data with certain Partners for their own analysis. We do not share your personally identifying usage data with any third parties. We may use your personally identifying usage data for a variety of service-related purposes.

    From time to time, the security on the Napster Client software may be upgraded by our supplier, which is currently Microsoft. Microsoft advises us that for security upgrades, your player will connect to an Internet site operated by Microsoft and will be sent a security file, along with a unique identifier, which does not contain any personal information about you and is not used to personally identify you or track your activities. Microsoft uses this information to prevent security breaches that could affect you. For more information, please feel free to read Microsoft's privacy policy at ware/v7/privacy.asp#_Security_Upgrade_(Individuali zation).

    Further, when you access the service through a Partner and download the Napster Client, we will add certain of your registration information (such as your member name and, if applicable, the Partner or promotion through which you registered) to the registry settings on your computer's hard drive, so that we can recognize which of our Partners or other sign-in pages to send to you when you log on to the service.


    Scary isn't it?
  2. amin macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Their ensuring their own failure with such spyware. It's a shame. Owning the rights to the name alone almost guarantees success, but this is a real shot in the foot.
  3. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    This kind of creepy file scanning and reporting increasingly advocated by MS and its partners is what ultimately drove me away from Windows.
  4. the_dalex macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Wow, Microsoft is really digging in deep... they complain that Apple doesn't offer choice, but when you look a couple layers deeper, Microsoft is in control of all of the major Windows music services. WMA is their proprietary standard, and they provide all of the software that makes Windows DRM work (or not work).

    I think the government needs to get involved again. Microsoft is manipulating the market using their Windows monopoly, inhibiting competition. Only Apple is strong enough to resist them, everyone else just falls in line under the MS umbrella, as usual.
  5. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    that sounds so cheap behaviour from m$.

    i don't want to even touch a peecee .. that is running any windoze.
  6. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    big brother...again... :rolleyes:

    They probably had to agree to such terms in order to be able to provide the service at all.

    good thing I'm not buying... ;)

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